Mabwi up­beat ahead of Un­der-23 Africa champs at Kasarani

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Na­tional women’s vol­ley­ball Un­der 23 team coach Cather­ine Mabwi is con­fi­dent they will pre­vail ahead of the African women’s Un­der-23 Championships start­ing this Sun­day at Sa­fari­com In­door Arena, Kasarani.

With five days re­main­ing be­fore the event which ends on Oc­to­ber 2, the in­ter­na­tional in­ti­mated that her charges are well sharp­ened for the task ahead, and ready to tackle their ad­ver­si­ties at the Con­fed­er­a­tion dur­ing the con­ti­nen­tal show­piece.

“We have had ad­e­quate time to train for this cham­pi­onship. We have done much with the girls and I am pos­i­tive that we will stage the best of per­for­mance,” ob­served Mabwi, who will be look­ing to guide the ju­nior team to qual­ify for the World Un­der-23 Championships set for the cities of Ljubl­jana and Mari­bor, Slove­nia from Au­gust 27Septem­ber 3, 2017.

“The girls have gelled well and are now play­ing as one unit,” added Mabwi. “The friendly matches we had in the pre­vi­ous weeks have pre­pared the play­ers men­tally for the task ahead,” con­tin­ued the head coach.

For more than a week now, 14 of the 18 play­ers have been in res­i­den­tial camp and the fate of the ab­sent two is yet to be known. Out­side hit­ter Leah Okumu of Strath­more Univer­sity and op­po­site at­tacker Mau­rine Wekesa (Keny­atta Univer­sity), have been miss­ing from camp due to aca­demic com­mit­ments.

“They are still part of the team. They are good play­ers and have done well dur­ing train­ing hence we will have to con­sult with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties be­fore nam­ing the fi­nal team of 14.

SET­TERS: Veron­ica Tanui (Pipe­line), Faith Imodia (St. Paul’s Univer­sity). LEFT AT­TACK­ERS: Doreen Marani (KCB), Edna Mwombe (Pipe­line) Da­maris Jep­ko­rom, Mau­rine Okiru (Nairobi Wa­ter). MID­DLE BLOCK­ERS: Anne Lowem, Shyrine Jep­kem­boi (Pris­ons), Sy­naida Yvonne, the cap­tain- Pauline Wa­fula (KCB). RIGHT AT­TACK­ERS: Yvonne Wavinya (Pris­ons), Bel­dine Akinyi (Pipe­line). LIBEROS: Ce­les­tine Ny­ongesa (Pipe­line) and Sarah Were (unat­tached).

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